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General Information Regarding China

Meeting Services

Registration

All attendees must register and wear badges while attending WPGM functions.

Registration Hours


Sunday, 23 July:  1300h - 1700h
Monday, 24 July:  0730h - 1700h
Tuesday, 25 July:  0730h - 1700h
Wednesday, 26 July:  0800h - 1700h
Thursday, 27 July:  0800h - 1200h

E-Mail

Monday through Thursday, 0730h - 1830h
BCC, Level 1, Exhibition Hall 2
E-mail terminals are available inside of Exhibition Hall 2.

General Information Desk

Monday through Thursday, 0730h - 1830h
BCC, Level 1, Main Lobby

This is the central information center for the Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting. Anyone trying to contact other meeting attendees can leave a message at this desk. Outside of registration hours it is recommended that messages be left at the attendee's hotel. Also, for basic information regarding Beijing (directions, currency, etc), please visit this desk.

Refreshments

Monday through Thursday
BCC, Level 1, Exhibit Hall 2
Morning: 1000h - 1045h
Afternoon: 1600h - 1645h

Speaker Ready Room


Monday through Thursday
BCC, Level 1, Main Lobby

ALL speakers are required to check into the Speaker Ready Room at least 24 hours before their presentation. Those presenting on Monday 24 July must check in on Sunday between 1300h and 1700h. The hours of operation are:

Sunday, 23 July:  1300h - 1700h
Monday, 24 July:  0730h - 1800h
Tuesday, 25 July:  0730h - 1800h
Wednesday, 26 July:  0730h - 1800h
Thursday, 27 July:  0730h - 1800h

Special Needs

AGU staff will work with vendors to provide reasonable support for those with special needs participating in sessions and other meeting events. Please check in at the Registration Desk in Exhibit Hall 2 while at the meeting.

General Information Regarding China

Airport Departure Tax

RMB 90Yuan per person is requested for international flights, and RMB 50 Yuan per person for domestic flights.

Climate

July in Beijing is sunny and hot. Temperatures typically reach 28-38C (82-100F), but all meeting rooms are air conditioned.

Currency Exchange

In China, only RMB is used. However, exchange centers can be found at airports, most hotels and large shopping centers. When exchanging money, please keep your receipt by which can change any remaining RMB back to foreign currency when leaving China. Visa, Master, American Express, Diners Club, and JCB are accepted in many department stores and hotels. But it might be difficult to draw cash with credit cards. The Bank of China and most hotels can cash travelers cheques issued by any foreign bank or financial institution. Participants will need to show a passport and pay a 3 percent commission. Travelers cheques signed over to a third party cannot be cashed in China, but can be presented for collection through the Bank of China.

Electricity

The electrical voltage in China is 220V 50 Hz. Power sockets available in China are Type A, Type I, and Type C plugs. Adapters are available at most hotels and convenience stores.

Tours

The local organizing committee, CICCST, has arranged both daily tours, and post-meeting tours. Their will be a Tour Desk in the lobby of the Beijing Convention Center. Please visit this desk if you are interested in registering for any tours.